La Jolla’s Best Bets for events: March 24-31

Information and Entertainment

Through April 17, experience the annual epic journey of gray whales with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Whale watchers can enjoy daily local whale-watching cruises featuring aquarium naturalists. Daily tours leaving from San Diego Bay: 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. with Flagship Cruises & Events. Don’t forget warm clothing and binoculars! If you don’t see a whale on your trip, you’ll receive a voucher to come back on a later cruise. $40 weekdays, $45 weekends. RSVP: (619) 234-4111. Information: (858) 534-7336.

Michelangelo is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most outstanding artistic geniuses in sculpture, painting and architecture. But what inner conflicts drove this man to create some of Western art’s most memorable masterpieces? Find out at the La Jolla Community Center lecture: “Michelangelo: Genius, suffering and the expression of the divine will in art,” 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. 6811 La Jolla Blvd. (858) 459-0831.

Family-Friendly Theater

A charming musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling,” The Theatre School at North Coast Rep presents “Honk! Jr.” on stage evening and matinees March 31 to April 3. The moving story is of friendship, tolerance and learning to accept yourself. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $16 adults, $12 children. (858) 481-1055.

Film Screening

What really makes a man a man and a woman a woman? Katarina Peters’ documentary, “Man for a Day,” about gender activist Diane Torr explores this issue. It screens 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, with dinner at 7 p.m. The Loft at UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. $34 for food and movie admission, $10 for film only.

Up Close and Personal

Are you a writer? Want to become one? La Jolla’s Riford Library will host a writing workshop 1-6 p.m. March 26. More than a dozen published local authors will be on hand to answer questions about becoming a successful writer, publishing a book, the writing process and more. Speakers will be 1-2:30 p.m. upstairs, with open discussion opportunities downstairs. Free. 7555 Draper Ave. (858) 552-1657.

Calling all car enthusiasts! THE LOT La Jolla will hold its third Cars and Coffee event, 7-9 a.m. Saturday, March 26. Guests can enjoy complimentary morning coffee from THE LOT while admiring the detail and tradition of the fine vehicles. Free. 7611 Fay Ave.


Song Recollections,” a deeply affecting program inspired by various memories and folk songs, featuring Art of Élan’s ensemble-in-residence The Formosa Quartet will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 at the Hibben Gallery of the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets: $50 with discounts. (619) 232-7931.

Want another stamp on your passport? The Kalabash School of Music continues its Passport to World Music concert series, 6 p.m. Saturday March 26 with the Music of Zimbabwe, 5725 La Jolla Blvd. Tickets $15 at (858) 882-7734.

For the first time in San Diego, multicultural phenomenon globalFest presents “Creole Carnival.” What started as an annual showcase in New York, has grown into an international brand, building audiences for world music at South by Southwest and Bonnaroo Music Festival. See it 8 p.m. Saturday, March 26. San Diego Symphony Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown San Diego. $20-$85. (619) 235-0804.

Fourth Friday Jazz Series presents “A Vintage Evening with The Gregory Page Trio,” back by popular demand! Page, a London born “croonadour” is a prolific songwriter with a love of American Roots Jazz. The Trio includes Sky Ladd on piano and Josh Hermsmeyer on percussion. 8 p.m. Friday Mar 25 at the La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $18-$23 in advance, $20-25 at the door. (858) 459-0831.